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NIIT extends MindChampion Academy Programme to cover 770 Schools
NIIT extends MindChampion Academy Programme to cover 770 Schools
CM, Sri Tarun Gogoi flags of the initiative as part of Phase IV of RGCLP
Guwahati, June 05, 2007: Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Tarun Gogoi today flagged off Mind Champion Academy Programme in 200 High schools under Phase IV of the Rajiv Gandhi Computer Literacy Programme in Assam.  As part of the initiative, NIIT, India’s No.1 IT Trainer announced that the IT training major would extend its NIIT MindChampions Academy, a joint initiative of NIIT and World No.1 Chess Player, Viswanathan Anand, to 200 additional schools, thus making this unique initiative available to a total of 770 Schools in the state of Assam.
NIIT MindChampions Academy today, is successfully running in 570 schools in the state and been successfully introduced in nearly 4000 schools across the country, thus exposing students in the age group of 6-15 years to the world of Chess. 
Speaking at the launch, Hon’ble Chief Minister exhorted the young learners to imbibe computer skills and participate in the emerging knowledge era. He hoped that initiatives like these will go a long way in making computer and computer aided education accessible to learners in remote areas of the state.
Dr. Hemanta Biswa Sarma, Hon’ble Minister of Health, IT, Science and Technology also joined the Chief Minister in highlighting the importance of promoting ICT in education at the school level. Shri P.P Verma, IAS, Addl. Chief Secretary, Govt. of Assam, Shri M.K Yadava, IFS MD, AMTRON and Shri Prateek Hajela, IAS, Mission Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan were present among other senior dignitaries from the State.
NIIT has been providing computer education in partnership with the state government under the Rajiv Gandhi Computer Literacy Programme.
Elaborating on the initiative, Mr L. Balasubramanian, President NIIT K-12 said, “The NIIT MindChampions Academy initiative is aimed at initiating young minds on a path of excellence in academics as well as sports.”
“We are delighted to note that membership to chess clubs in individual schools has swelled by great numbers and we are happy to extend this initiative to another 200 schools in the state," he added.
In 2005, NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand had inaugurated the NIIT MindChampions Academy initiative as part of Rajiv Gandhi Computer Literacy Programme. 
Applauding the commendable work done by the state government, World No.1 Viswanathan Anand, said, “I would like to congratulate the Government of Assam for making Rajiv Gandhi Computer Literacy Programme and NIIT MindChampions Academy a great success. It is heartening to know that the game of chess has really caught on well with the youngsters in the state and it is evident from the fact that two of students from Assam were among winners of the National Chess Master Event held last year” 
NIIT as project partner of the state in Rajiv Gandhi Computer Literacy Programme is providing computer and computer assisted education to over 5,76,000 students in 770 government schools in the state. The IT education and training major has so far trained nearly 15,000 teachers from the state and has equipped schools with state of the art IT infrastructure.
Launched in 2003 with an objective of initiating students into the world of Chess, NIIT MindChampions Academy has today fostered nearly 4000 clubs with more than 70000 students as its members in schools where NIIT offers computer education.
The students use computer-based tutorials, during and after school as a virtual playfield to hone their skills in the game of Chess. Apart from tutorials, promising Chess players get an opportunity to interact with NIIT Brand Ambassador and Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand, in person at regular intervals.
Leveraging its inherent strength in technology, NIIT MindChampions Academy has created a virtual community of Chess enthusiasts in the country. The Academy has Viswanathan Anand, NIIT Group Chairman Rajendra S. Pawar and President of NIIT K12 L. Balasubramanian and few eminent world Chess personalities on its Advisory Board.
About NIIT K-12
NIIT through its K-12 division is reaching 1.4 million kids in nearly 3800 government and private schools, equipping them with crucial IT skills to prepare them for tomorrow’s knowledge society. NIIT is working actively to make computers an intrinsic part of the lives of children and also those of the socially and economically challenged sections of the society, who may never have had a chance to integrate with the emerging 21st century environment, to give a better prospect to their future. NIIT has been providing computer and computer-aided education in State Govt. schools in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura and Noida (UP).
About NIIT
NIIT, Asia’s largest IT trainer, offers learning and knowledge solutions in 30 countries. NIIT together with the recently acquired Element K is now the first and the best choice for comprehensive learning solutions, worldwide.
Leading IT magazine Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT, the Top IT Training Company Award 2006. Rated among India’s Superbrands (2003-05), NIIT’s education offerings include: GNIIT, an industry-endorsed program for students seeking careers in the IT segments; Integrated ANIIT for Engineers (IAE)—a dual qualification program for engineering students under the NIIT Edgeineers series of training programs on advanced technologies for IT professionals and skill up gradation programs for engineering graduates. NIIT also offers a turnkey IT integration program that provides computer-based learning in 3,906 government and private schools.
In the Corporate Solutions Business, NIIT’s offerings are bolstered by its SEI CMM Level 5 assessed learning services capability. The Corporate Solutions Business offers integrated learning solutions that include strategic consulting, learning design, content development, learning delivery, learning technology services and learning administration.
NIIT’s customers include many Fortune 500 companies, universities, technology companies, training corporations and publishing houses.
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